Make Your Food Photography stand out using Photoshop and Lightroom. Learn editing food pictures like a pro. Bring your photos from "ok" level to "Delicious-Mouth-Watering-I-Want-It!" level.
Update February 3, 2017: Added Bonus Lecture about Lightroom presets for food photography.
Update August 7, 2016: Look in the Q&A section - you will see that this course is more than editing pictures.
Master Lightroom and Photoshop with Food Photography - Gain Your Skills FAST with this Very Focused Course.
Bring Your Food Photography to a New Level with a help of Lightroom and Photoshop
Whether You are a food photographer, food blogger, a cook or restaurant owner/marketer, you need as good food pictures as possible to attract clients, guests and readers. Sometimes it can happen that the picture is great straight from the camera. Still its good to prepare it in a right way for publishing.
On the other hand, it can happen that there is not everything as you would like in the picture, or even maybe you don't know, that the picture could look better ...much better.
The difference between "ok" picture and "wow" picture many times is in a series of little tweaks, little changes, which combined makes the big difference. Some of those changes you can do while taking a picture. And more little changes - in Lightroom and/or Photoshop. In this course you will learn how to do this little and also quite big changes in editing process.
Content and overview
The course is designed for beginners and those who have already some experience in working with Lightroom and Photoshop. The main goal was to walk you through only the options and adjustments needed to effectively edit food pictures. Anything else was skipped in order to make the whole process easy and to not make you feel overwhelmed with all the possibilities this programs have (and they do have).
The course contains 3 main parts (sections): first you will learn how to import, select and make general adjustments to your best pictures in Lightroom. Then you will go deeper with editing, retouching pictures in Photoshop. After that i will show you how to prepare pictures for websites, blogs and social media sites.
You get the full access to this course for a lifetime. All updates and new lessons are free and forever. You can always ask questions in the forum inside the course.
You have a 30 day no questions asked full money back guarantee. There is no risk on your side at all! You can only win!
There are several options you can choose from when importing pictures, which will affect your workflow later on. Lightroom also can make a backup of your original files while importing.
Because i got requests from students, i added all the pictures used in this course, so You can work on them while going through the course. Enjoy!
Easy way to check what shortcuts are available. Explaining modules, views, panels and zooming - for effective work.
Most of the time you will edit just some of your pictures from a photo session. If you took a lot of photos, the selecting process can be quite time consuming. In this lesson I will show you how to do it as quickly as possible.
There is no "one and only" way of rating and selecting your pictures. On top of marking pictures with stars and flags, using labels can be also very useful.
Instead of searching for your pictures in folders, use collections. There is much more functionality to it and its easier to find specific pictures in the future.
You can make objects in your picture straght (window, table, bottle...) manually or let Lightroom do it for you - it works in most cases very well!
Overall colours in the picture goes into blue, yellow or red or... (the scene looks "cold" or too "warm")? It means that WB (White Balance) in your camera was not set correctly. No problem, in most cases its easy to fix.
The most important part of adjusting the picture. Too dark? Too bright? Washed out colours? Many times this adjustments are all you need!
Some surfaces reflects the light more strongly then others. For example dark fruits on white plate will make big contrast. When taking a picture you will set your camera exposure low enough to keep the details on the white surface. This can make darker elements loosing a bit of contrast and colour. With local adjustments you can bring this contrast and colour back.
More visible steam above your dish. Making proper colour to the coffee only, leaving the rest of the picture unchanged. Using Radial Filter to "bring to the front" the main part of the picture.
Glass of red wine on the white background. You will learn how to remove any grey areas of the background and make them completely white without loosing details in the glass. You will also make red wine even more red if you want :)
Attention to details makes BIG difference in the pictures. This tool will help you get rid of unwanted spots, dust and scratches. Most of the time it works very good, only sometimes it will need some help from Your side.
Here You will learn how to adjust elements of particular colour, by changing their Hue, Saturation and Brightness. In the second part of this lesson we will cover an interesting issue (of loosing details in specific colour) which can occur and how to solve it.
Learn 3 different ways of converting pictures into black and white. End results can be really big.
While Smartphones and entry level cameras tend to sharpen pictures quite heavily, whether you want it or not. But when You shoot RAW, using more advanced camera, like DSLR, the pictures are untouched - You need to take care of sharpness in post processing (editing pictures). Why? Because "sharpness", details are a little bit lost on their way through lenses and while capturing by the camera's sensor.
Reducing the camera's sensor noise: its luminance and colour.
Manual and automatic corrections of your lens (chromatic aberration, distortions, etc.). In some cases it can give really big impact on your pictures.
Pictures that don't need further editing in Photoshop you can export already in size and format needed for publishing. Those which still need editing, you can export for editing later or open in Photoshop directly from Lightroom.
Introduction to the powerful feature of Photoshop: layers and masks. Thanks to them your editing possibilities grows exponentially.
Mastering selecting objects is essential to advanced editing. Rectangular selection tool, eliptical selection tool, quick selection tool, color range... Use different tools for different objects - to make the selecting process more efficient and precise.
Great tool to select and/or modify selections
Not only You can make and edit selections with channels, but also save as many different selections for later
How to shape what You have already selected
Do You really need that?
Learn the magic of Liquify Filter!
How to use Clone Stamp Tool and Spot Removal Tool
Next level of removing dust and spots. Using a mixture of tools. Some of them were not really meant for this task, but work beautifully
Making coffee more tasty and background less distracting at the same time. Making multiple selective adjustments, mixing them in every possible way.
Placing gingerbread on wooden background.
Changing the background behind very complicated dish. Darkening, adding contrast and changing colour.
How to sharpen food pictures in Photoshop the best way
Use this technique to extend depth of field in the picture or slightly correct. It will bring the attention to the area You want.
Make elements which are out of focus even more out of focus. Use different filters to achieve different effects. Very desirable effect these days.
Make beautiful Black&White pictures in a creative way.
How to change the size of the picture for the best final result (web or print).
When and where to use JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PNG file formats.
How to make the files as small as possible or as high quality as possible. You need to know if websites will still process your pictures or they will be inserted as they are. Best is to know the exact size needed and prepare pictures accordingly to have the best quality.
One of those sets of presets is for quick 1-click effects. The second set contains 102 presets organized in a way, that will guide, step by step you through the process of editing pictures within Lightroom program.
It can happen, that the picture is not perfect, the food is damaged a bit, and its difficult to take a picture again. It could be that it was time consuming or ingredients you don't have at the moment, or you are not at the place of shooting anymore, which was important for the picture. Its not the end of the world :) Thanks to your new skills, you can act as an "food doctor" :)
Check how the light is changing when i move reflectors on the shadow side. This is how you can adjust the light according to the type and shape of your subject. This bonus lecture goes beyond the topic, but i hope you are fine with that :-)
My father inspired me – in the late 80's he gave me a camera (Beirette) and showed me the magic of taking photographic prints... we had a darkroom in our bathroom. Couple of years later I enrolled in a photographic club in the Youth Palace in Gdańsk. After about 10 years I decided to become a professional photographer. Practice, photographic workshops and literature were my main teachers. My first orders appeared in 2000.
I specialize in food and product photography, but my clients also highly value my reportage and portrait photography (including those published in „NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC”, „KUCHNIA" ("KITCHEN"), „SUCCESS", „FOOD&FRIENDS”, and more).
When it comes to using software for photographers, i started using Photoshop in 1994-1995, so its already over 20 years! Not long after i started also sharing my knowledge about graphic programs teaching artists in the State Gallery of Art in Sopot, Poland and privately.